Rocky Mountain Obituaries 1-28-13
Yana S. Baas
Yana S. Baas, 38, of Hudson, Colo., passed away January 17, 2013 in Brighton, Colo.
She was born in Aurora, Colo., to Ronn Bailey and Eva (Heazlett) Spence on January 9, 1975. She graduated from Heritage High School in 1993 and attended North Eastern College. She married Chad Baas on August 30, 1997 in Loveland, Colo.
Yana was working for the State of Colorado as a Brand Inspector for the last eight years. Her passion in life was her horses. She enjoyed team roping and training horses and loved being a great mother.
She is survived by her grandmother, Eline Heazlett of Lakefield, Minn.; parents, Phil and Eva Spence of Elbert, Colo.; her husband, Chad Baas of Hudson, Colo.; daughter Harley Ann Baas of Hudson, Colo.; two brothers, Tim Spence of Austin, Texas, and Ivan Spence of Limon, Colo., and her twin sister Jessica Bailey of Boulder City, Nev.
Memorial services were held January 24, 2013 at Zion Congregational Church in Brighton, Colo.
Memorial Contributions can be made to the Yana Baas Memorial Fund c/o Wells Fargo Bank, 15 South Main Street, Brighton, Colo., 80601. ❖
Margaret Ellen Miller
Margaret Ellen Miller, 81, of Lincoln, Neb., formerly of Brush, Colo., passed away January 20, 2013, in Lincoln, Neb.
She was born March 24, 1931 in Lovell, Wyo., to Orlan Maynard and Sara Boyce Toole.
Margaret married Edwin Charles Miller on January 19, 1952. The Millers farmed near Hillrose, Colo., for 16 years. In 1971 they moved to Brush, Colo., where they worked as live-in managers of the Best Western Motel. Margaret also worked for several years as a secretary at State Farm Insurance in Brush, Colo. In 2007, the Millers moved to Lincoln, Neb.
Margaret shared many stories about growing up in the Big Horn Mountains. When asked if she wanted to go somewhere, she always said “Take me for a drive in the mountains.”
Margaret was very involved in her church with the music ministry, the women’s organization, and as a Sunday School teacher. She also enjoyed supporting her children and grandchildren in their many activities.
She is survived by four children, David (Angela) Miller of Trenton, Ohio, Kathy (Ronald) Hill of Lincoln, Neb., Chuck (Norma) Miller of Brush, Colo., and Mark (Kathy) Miller of Loveland, Colo.; 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her only sister, Donna M. Weir and her parents.
Memorial services will be held January 30, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 336 Cherry Street, Fort Morgan, Colo.
Condolences can be left at HeerMortuary.com. ❖
Arlene Marie Clark
Arlene Marie Clark, 86, a long-time resident of Wheatland, Wyo., passed away January 9, 2013 at the Platte County Memorial Nursing Home in Wheatland, Wyo., of natural causes with her family all around her.
She was born October 27, 1926 in New Virginia, Iowa, the daughter of Guy O. and Lela (Harsh) Cochran.
Arlene was reared and educated in Wheatland, Wyo., and graduated from Wheatland High School. Arlene married William Henry Clark on December 3, 1944 in Wheatland, Wyo., and, to this union, three children were born.
Some of her hobbies included crocheting, raising chickens and pigs and gardening. But most of all, she loved being on the ranch with her family. She was like a mom to all the neighbor kids.
She is survived by her children, Jo (Darrell) Herman, William M. (Elaine) Clark and Robert A. (Penny) Clark, all of Wheatland, Wyo.; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Clark on February 4, 1994; parents; and her siblings.
Memorial services were held January 14, 2013 at the Wheatland Cemetery in Wheatland, Wyo.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Platte County Memorial Nursing Home, P.O. Box 1148, Wheatland, Wyo., 82201.
Condolences may be sent to the family at GormanFH.com. ❖
Audon Garcia Vasquez
Audon Garcia Vasquez, 78, of Greeley, Colo., passed away January 12, 2013, at his home.
He was born July 30, 1934, to Arnuflo and Aurelia (Garcia) Vasquez in Maxwell, Texas.
Audon worked at JBS in production for 10 years, 10 years as a custodian at the University of Northern Colorado, 10 years with Central Homes constructing trailers, 25 years as a security guard part-time and had also worked in farming.
He is survived by his life partner of 29 years, Matilda Mares; brother, Santos Vasquez, Fort Collins, Colo.; sister, Frutosa Saucedo, San Marcos, Texas; grandchildren, Rogelio Mares, Reyna (Jose) Wissar, Aurora (David) Torres, Alicia Torres and Sylvia Torres; and great-grandchildren, Antonio Mares, Arturo Mares, Agustin Mares, Aurelia Mares, Manuel Torres and Esther Torres.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Felipa Salinas; and brothers, Gregorio Vasquez and Eusebio Vasquez.
Memorial services were held January 24, 2013, at Our Lady of Peace Church. ❖
Paul Donald Hopp
Paul Donald Hopp, 71, passed away January 22, 2013 at home surrounded by loving family members.
He was born May 16, 1941 to Conrad Hopp Jr. and Freida (Geis) Hopp at home on their farm located at RR No. 1 Longmont, Colo.
Paul attended the Mead Schools, first-12th grades, graduating in 1959. Paul loved to play sports. He excelled in football, basketball and track. Some of his fondest memories were running both the 200 and 400 yard relays, where his team set new State records. Paul cherished being a part of the 1957 Mead High School Basketball State Championship team and as a team captain for football. He continued his love of sports after high school by playing in city league basketball in both Longmont, Colo., and Greeley, Colo., as well as coaching basketball for both of his sons in elementary school.
Paul and Janice Buderus met in 1960. They married on May 19, 1961 at Christ Congregational Church in Longmont Colo. Throughout their marriage they built an unbreakable bond of respect and friendship. They spent many of their days working together raising their family, and running their family businesses.
After graduating, Paul went to work for his father for two years as a hired man. He then started farming in partnership with his father for an additional two years in the Longmont, Colo., area. Paul then rented a farm just north of Highland Lake where he and Janice farmed for four years. In 1969 Paul and Janice and their family moved to a farm east of Mead, Colo., where Paul farmed in partnership with his brother Conrad for 19 years. In 1989 Conrad retired and Paul brought his sons Scott and Jeff into the family farming operation. Paul and Jeff continued farming in partnership as Hopp Farms LLC from 1991 to 2005 when Paul retired.
In addition to farming, Paul was a Pioneer Corn Seed Sales representative for 47 years. He started selling Pioneer Brand Corn Seed for Garst and Thomas Seed CO in 1968. In 1998, he brought Jeff into the corn seed business as a partner. In 2012, Paul and his eldest grandson, Andrew, became partners and formed Hopp Seed LllP. In 1985, Paul became a Hilleshög Brand Sugarbeet Seed Sales Representative (26 years of service). In 1993, he brought Jeff in as a partner. They sold Sugarbeet seed together until Paul’s retirement in 2011.
Throughout his farming career, Paul received many awards for his excellence and achievements in growing high yielding crops, both in corn and sugar beets. For corn production he received awards from the State of Colorado, and CSU Extension. For sugar production he received awards from both the Great Western Sugar Company, and then later Western Sugar Company including High Ten, High Station, 10,000 Pound Club, and President’s Quality Club. Paul also received many sales achievement and crop production awards from both Pioneer and Hilleshög.
Paul was as member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, and served on the church council, and was always willing to lend a helping hand when needed. He served on the Board of Director’s for the Berthoud National Bank, Centennial Bank of the West, and Guaranty Bank. He also served on the Board of Director’s for Longmont Co op, and Northern Colorado Agri-Business Association. Paul was a charter member of the Colorado Corn Growers Association, a member of the Longmont Sirloin Club, Colorado Sugar beet Growers Association, Low Rollers Club and a supporter of many agricultural activities in his community.
Paul’s greatest treasures were spending time with his family, his grandchildren, gardening, working in his yard, and traveling.
He valued his family, faith, friends and country! His belief’s included honesty, integrity, hard work, and he stressed that a person’s word was his promise, which he demonstrated through his work and actions. His motto was always “run the race to the best of your abilities, as if to win!”
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Janice; their two sons Scott Paul of Denver, Colo., and Jeffrey Dean (Kristal) of Longmont, Colo.; three grandsons, Andrew Paul, Austin Dean, and Alec Jacob of Longmont, Colo.; brothers Conrad (Martha) Hopp of Longmont, Colo., and Walter (Char) Hopp of Longmont, Colo.; sisters Sharon (Fred) Bauer of Eaton, Colo., and Sandra (Fred) Nelson of Broomfield, Colo.; brother-in-law Keith Buderus (Denise Stramel) of Pinewood Springs and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, brothers Kenneth and John and Delbert as an infant, and an infant sister Judith.
Memorial services were held January 26, 2013 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Longmont, Colo.
Interment followed at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
Luella H. Terrell
Luella H. Terrell, 91, passed away January 9, 2013 at Community Hospital in Torrington, Wyo.
She was born December 13, 1921 at home near Blue Hill, Neb., the daughter of Maximillian and Alstle (Johnson) Benker. She grew up and received her education in Blue Hill, Neb., graduating high school there.
She moved to the Scottsbluff/Gering, Neb. area, where she worked a short time for a family caring for their children and housekeeping. She worked for Cook’s Packing Plant in Gering, Neb., where she met and later married Marvin Terrell on February 10, 1944 in Scottsbluff, Neb. She worked briefly for a packing plant in Albuquerque, N.M. before returning to Cook’s in Gering, Neb.
After her husband’s discharge from the military they moved to Torrington, Wyo., in 1947 where they farmed for a short time before starting a trucking company in 1948. She worked as the bookkeeper for that company for many years before retiring in 2000.
Luella enjoyed playing cards and gardening. She was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her husband Marvin of Torrington, Wyo.; a daughter, Sharon Walson of Torrington, Wyo.; two sons, Wesley Terrell and his wife, Lorraine, of Gillette, Wyo., and Warren Terrell of Torrington, Wyo.; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers Carl and Ervin Benker; and three sisters Irene, Agnus, and Florence.
Memorial services were held January 14, 2013 at Our Savior Lutheran Church.
Cremation will take place following services.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church.
Friends may send condolences to the family at http://www.ColyerFuneralHome.com. ❖